The Anant Fellowship prepares and empowers solutionaries who design, build and preserve a more equitable and sustainable India.
A unique full-time post-graduate program designed as a year-long pluri- disciplinary, experiential immersion to introduce young, socially-committed practitioners and students to new knowledge and skills to question, evaluate, invent, and redefine our Built Environment.The Fellowship is open to students and practitioners from all backgrounds. Preference will be given to professionals from the disciplines of architecture, design, planning, environmental sciences, civil and construction engineering, archaeology, heritage and conservation, and relevant social science disciplines of anthropology, sociology, history, geography, geology and other allied fields.
As an Anant Fellow, you can expect to:
• Not just brush up your technical and core skills in Architecture, Design, Planning but also be trained to think broadly and deeply
• Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and nurture imaginative empathy that transcends immediate boundaries
• Collaborate with like-minded individuals from diverse disciplines and take up a real-life Built Environment challenge in the local community with significant potential for bringing about change
• Become purpose-driven leaders who satisfy their own aesthetic sensibilities, and advance their life in a holistic manner while contributing to the larger society
In short, you will be equipped with skills widely accepted by thought-leaders as essential skills of the future – Empathy, Collaboration, Creative Problem-Solving and Change-making.
Anant Fellows are creative leaders who combine entrepreneurial skills and a human-centred approach to develop contextual and systemic solutions to current and future problems in the exciting spheres of architecture, planning, design and sustainability as applied to Built Habitats in India and around the world.
We believe that lasting, transformative, and effective external impact has its roots in a firm connection to one’s essence that is continuously nourished by a deep commitment to work on the self. In partnership with the Gandhi Fellowship, we prepare our Anant Fellows to internalise the mechanics of such a connection and begin to see the self as the most powerful instrument of change.
This honest and ongoing work on the self must be accompanied by equally critical efforts to relate to others and the world outside, to be able to empathise and influence others without authority, by developing the art of unlearning and listening, and finally by action and reflection. The Live Action Project, in which you work either on a self-identified problem area or on projects identified by Gandhi Fellowship in local municipalities and gram panchayats, is a space where you can practice these skills, establish connections between theory and praxis, learn from the experience, test new ideas, and kickstart your lifelong journey of making a difference to the world’s Built Environment.
Anant Fellowship has been carefully curated and structured to prepare you to make exponential change – within yourself, to the country, and to the World. Academic rigour and intensity have been combined with first-hand, experiential discovery to create an equitable balance between theory and praxis, between instruction and experimentation, & between paced-learning and open-ended discovery.
The course is structured academic instruction and experiential discovery which is then immersed with the year-long Live Action project.